Team success for Adam and Sam Bylsma as they win silver in Azerbaijan
SHOOTING: Spurred on by watching his rivals compete at the Rio Olympics, Sam Bylsma made amends in the best possible way.
At the recent junior world cup in Azerbaijan, Sam shot a personal best score of 119 out of 125 to help his team to the silver medal in the trap event.
With the score also qualifying him for the individual final, Sam finished sixth overall after entering the decider with the third best score.
Sam said his middle shots cost him in the end.
"I made the final in third which was a great position as you don't want to be too high," he said.
"Unfortunately I had a bad patch in the middle but my start and end was good."
He said it also hurt watching others recently compete at Rio.
"It certainly promotes the anger," he said.
"It makes you say 'I want be there'."
The goal now is to make the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast with Sam thanking local shooting enthusiast George Christensen, Shooting Australia and gun company Beretta for getting him overseas.
Joining Sam in the silver medal team was brother Adam, who finished 24th overall in the individual event.
Adam said he was happy to be part of the medal winning team.
"Personally I didn't shoot the best I could have," he said.
"Both my brother and (fellow team member) Jack Wallace did really well and shot brilliantly."
"I want to thank my parents for providing great support to us."
With their overseas events now completed, both brothers are now focusing on future events to be held around Australia.
Their next event will be the Sydney Grand Prix from November 4-6 before focusing on the Shooting Australian national championships in December.